IthasbeenoverfivemonthssinceKohlilaststeppedinsidethepracticenetsassportsactionwasputtoahaltduetothecoronaviruspandemic.Althoughhedidadmitearlierthathewas”veryscared”aheadofhisfirsttrainingsessionthisweek,onTuesday,speakingonRCB’sYoutubeshow’BoldDiaries’,the31-year-oldsaidthathedidnotmissthegameasmuchasheexpected. 

“MaybebecauseIwasgoingondayandnightforthelast10years…Itwasarevelationformeinthesensethatmyfocuswasnotsolelyonmissingthegameallthetime,”Kohlisaid.

Kohlialsotalkedaboutplayinginanemptystadiumsayingthatitwouldbestrangeinthebeginningbutplayerswilleventuallyadapttothenewnormal. 

“Iwouldnotsayitwon’tbedifficult,strange.Theechoofthebathittingtheball,Ihaven’texperienceditforthelast10years.TheRanjiTrophywasthelasttime.Butwehavedonethisatsomestageofourlives,”hesaidreferringtothedomesticgameswhichareplayedinnear-emptyvenues.

“Thecrowdfactorwilldefinitelyplayapartbuttheinstinctswillkickinanditwilldiminishquitequickly.”

IPL2020willbeginfromSepetmber19onwardswiththefinalonNovember10althoughthescheduleisyettoannouncedbytheBCCI.